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Scientific names vs Common names

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Krz, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Krz

    Krz Arachnopeon

    Could somebody please submit a list (might be a long one I know) of all the T species and their common names. If such a list seems too taxing/difficult/time-consuming to complete then at least a list of the most common/popular species. It would make searching for a specific species much easier. Baie dankie! :?
  2. Mushroom Spore

    Mushroom Spore Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    Impossible. Every tarantula species has as many common names as every pet store, dealer, and random owner in the world feels like giving them. There's no standardization whatsoever. (I think some organization or other has listed "official" English names, but it's not like pet stores and dealers and random owners bother using them. They just call them whatever they feel like.)

    One species may have fifteen or twenty common names depending on who you ask, and some common names may be used for half a dozen different tarantulas.

    It's best just to stick with the Latin.
  3. hasani1408

    hasani1408 Arachnoknight

  4. Not really.

    Here's a pretty good list. Clicky
  5. Those lists are decent, but still lacking.
    Even on the Avicularia Versicolor common names, it lists one common name. (I've personally heard it been referred to at least 3 other names than said listed name.)

    A fun, educational part of the hobby is picking up names by learning and experience. (And quite frankly, unless your going to sit and memorize a few hundred latin names and their multiple common name 'equals', it's kind of mundane to have a list.)

    The more you're in the hobby, the quicker and easier it is to pick up. We've all been there, no list required.
  6. crpy

    crpy Arachnoking

    what an elitist, lol jk:wicked: I like lists cause my memory sucks, its an age thing
  7. Indeed. Encouraging someone to learn something educational through experience versus just reading a list. Definitely elitism.
    (Please note all of this was written with my pinky out.)
  8. crpy

    crpy Arachnoking

    ha, I knew it wheelchair.gif
  9. hasani1408

    hasani1408 Arachnoknight

    the list was very helpful in the beginning just as a starting point now i only know scientific names but anything that helps a newbie get into the hobby is a good thing.
  10. rabbenco

    rabbenco Arachnopeon

    Why use common names at all? They only make the issue even more confusing. Use the scientific names theyre valid and international and everybody have a chance to know what youre talking about
  11. crpy

    crpy Arachnoking

    lazy people need to have a hobby too, lol
  12. equuskat

    equuskat Arachnoprince

    Yeah I don't even have most of the common names memorized. It gets too confusing in situations like this:

    In my collection I have:

    Mexican Red Knee
    Mexican Fire Leg
    Mexican Red Leg
    Mexican Flame Knee

    THAT can get a little confusing. lol Easier for me to just think of them in scientific names, which are very different.

    B. smithi
    B. boehmei
    B. emilia
    B. auratum

    I have a friend in the hobby who ALWAYS uses common names - I try to convert him just so he doesn't confuse the living crap out of me!

    HOWEVER, some dealers (especially petshops and reptile shows) don't use scientific names. It IS good to have at least a hazy idea of some common names (maybe of species that you're particularly interested in) so that you know what you're looking for when you shop. If you learn common names, though, make sure that you're able to associate them with both what the tarantula LOOKS like AND the scientific name. :)
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2008
  13. Moltar

    Moltar ArachnoGod

    We need to know the common names too so we can speak with non-T people about our hobby without their eyes glazing over. My friend brought her 11 and 6 year old children by last night to meet the t's. They could give a hoot about Pterinochilus murinus but when I call it an Orange Baboon Tarantula they ask questions about it. Only those of us who are serious about this thing care about the scientific names. Most everybody else needs the common names for it to be accessible to them.
  14. equuskat

    equuskat Arachnoprince

    That's a really good point, too.
  15. testdasi

    testdasi Arachnoangel

    I generally use scientific names, unless it's

    Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens (how about just GBB for short?)
    Pterinochilus murinus (OBT is easier remembered)
  16. crpy

    crpy Arachnoking

    yep, my gf gets pissed when I use scientific names, lol, she starts rattling off scientific names of plants and herbs to me lol, then my eyes glaze over.
  17. reverendsterlin

    reverendsterlin Arachnoprince Old Timer

    ok here is the list I usually use as well http://atshq.org/articles/acn5.pdf I like it because it goes beyond T's and includes names for other arthropods found in the pet hobby but it has not been updated in a long while. I find it funny none of the lists posted were the same, no wonder we get so many differing names.
  18. crpy

    crpy Arachnoking

    thanks rev.:clap:
  19. reptist

    reptist Arachnobaron Old Timer


    Here is another link to some common names as well as a link to the World Spider Catalogue which has no common names but a pretty up to date listing of latin names for all the T's described, they are HERE and HERE, PEACE, B.
  20. I agree on that one, it works fine with just using scientiffic names in Scandinavia, why shouldnt it do the same everywhere else??
    Regards Mikael